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Beanpole Unclassified 18+

Director: Kantemir Balagov Country: Russia (2019)
Language: Russian with English subtitles

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Winner of both the coveted Best Director award and the FIPRESCI prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, Russian director Kantemir Balagov’s second feature is a fiercely devastating tale of two women rebuilding their lives in the shadow of World War II.

After wowing critics with his dazzling, FIPRESCI-winning debut Closeness (MIFF 2017), Balagov returns with a starkly unnerving, achingly beautiful story of two women struggling to eke out new lives in the war-collapsed Leningrad of 1945.

Iya, played by the extraordinary – and extraordinarily tall – Viktoria Miroshnichenko, is a war hospital nurse looking after an orphaned baby, even as she’s struck by dissociative fits of PTSD, while the child’s mother, Masha, is a returning soldier – and Iya’s real love. Pivoting on the fractured lives and relationship of the women, Balagov crafts a bracing, sometimes heartbreaking drama that sympathetically explores the slippery terrain of gender and humanity in the aftermath of war – and leaves its audience gasping at its masterly twists and tension.

“Ferocious and extraordinary ... You quite often have to remind yourself to breathe.” – Variety


Contains depictions of violence against children

Tickets

1191
Sun 04 Aug 9:00 pm [1191]
Beanpole (140 mins)
Forum Theatre Wheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
1911
Sun 18 Aug 4:00 pm [1911]
Beanpole (140 mins)
Forum Theatre Wheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Andrey Bykov, Igor Shirokov, Konstantin Balakirev, Ksenia Kutepova, Olga Dragunova, Timofey Glazkov, Vasilia Perelygina, Viktoria Miroshnichenko
Director
Kantemir Balagov
Producers
Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov
Screenwriters
Alexander Terekhov, Kantemir Balagov
Cinematographer
Ksenia Sereda
Composer
Evgueni Galperine
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Company Credit
World Sales: Wild Bunch

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